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CCI 2012: Westboro Baptists = Nothing Accomplished

Christians never cease to baffle me.

When I read about the Westboro Baptist Church’s protest of Comic-Con International, I had to make sure that I did not turn around and punch a hole in the wall.  Then I had to laugh maniacally at their antics.  Then I just had to shake my head.

Everything I have read about this church just makes me cringe; it appears they never do anything truly Jesus-like and right according to the Bible they supposedly follow.  This protest was no exception.  Now, the Bible doesn’t say “don’t protest,” but it does tell us to love one another as Christ loved us, and I don’t believe Westboro’s signs or actions at Comic-Con imply this one little bit.  Sure, their intentions may have been mostly correct, that they don’t want people to be idol-worshipers (no, Thor is not really God, and if you want a better understanding of how the Norse gods actually reflect biblical truths just read up on all of J.R.R. Tolkien’s writings regarding that).  I also don’t think it’s good nor sane to make idols of the subjects at Comic-Con, either.  However, I am guessing only 20-25% of the people who attend Comic-Con (if that) are actually putting our beloved superheroes, game developers, and all-around cool people up on a pedestal they can grovel under.  The rest of the attendees are just there to have a wonderful time, a break from the real world where they can delve into worlds of truth, honor, and justice (and isn’t that what the Bible says God is, anyway?  That’s probably an entirely new article, though…).

Are those 20-25% people really worth the time to protest?  No, because protests rarely work, if ever, and the majority of the time they are never fully thought-out correctly by whoever happens to be organizing them (even non-Christians).  In fact, protests only ever seem to accomplish one or all of these things:

1.  Turn away the people you are supposedly trying to help.
2.  Imply that you’re ignorant about the topic or haven’t truly thought about it long enough.
3.  Reveal that you’re insane.
4.  Confirm that you’re both #2 and #3.
5.  Show that you could be doing something better with your time to actually change the situation.

#1 and #5 I think are the most disconcerting out of that list, however.  As Christians the entire point of believing in God is to bring people to his love by showing them his love.  Protesting simply cannot ever accomplish this.  A while back, I read a very articulate article about the issue of protesting in the Christian world, specifically as it related to the Starbucks public support of gay marriage this past year.  I wholeheartedly agreed with the author’s point that protests are in essence self-defeating, as they claim to argue against power in numbers yet by their very nature are indeed a “power in numbers” group.  The author’s concluding thought was, “Let’s not boycott our neighbors. Let’s not picket or scream or bellow. Let’s offer a cup of cold water, or maybe even a grande skinny vanilla latte, in Jesus’ name” (Moore).

What this implies about Comic-Con specifically is that Christians need to start participating, working, or creating in that geek culture.  This relates back to #2 in my list.  I am going to venture a solid guess that most Christian protests are based off of fear of the unknown.  How many protesting Christians actually read Harry Potter?  How many of them have ever picked up a comic book?  And how many of them have ever studied the biblical truths that simply resonate out of many science fiction creations?

Have you ever run across a Christian geek and been utterly amazed at their very existence?  That’s because we are in the minority, and many times we don’t want to admit that we are believers, not because we are ashamed of our beliefs but because we are immediately associated with people like the Westboro Baptist Church protesters.  We are not all the same (though we really should be if we all truly followed what God teaches).  Some of us simply adore Batman instead of protesting him, and would have less to talk about with others if we didn’t know about him.  Some of us think discussing the finer points of the latest video game instead of protesting it helps make others feel more loved and accepted in this world, not shunned.

So Westboro may continue to protest for years to come, and there will undoubtedly be counter-protests, pointing fingers, and all-around disgust towards them.  Remember, though, that they were never able to actually shut down CCI, and probably never will.  Just as they are wasting their time, you yourself could use your time wisely by hanging out with the geeky Christians who love stepping inside the San Diego convention center, possibly even dressed head-to-toe in Wonder Woman or Thor getup.  You’ll hopefully find that not all of us are ignorant, and you may even enjoy the experience, too.

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Review: True Blood Season 5, Episode 1 – “Turn! Turn! Turn!”

True Blood is back, let the people rejoice!

As per usual, the premier of a new season of True Blood is an hour in which nothing really happens.  I have a good feeling about the story lines that are being set up, though.  Or, should I say, I feel much better about them than the time-wasting garbage with the faeries like last year.  I still don’t understand the point of them.  It seems like a long and unnecessary set up for Sookie to just have magic flash hands.

Ed. Note – Get it? Magic Flash Hands? Boom.

Anywho, back to the premier at hand.  The episode picks up right where last season left off and takes us in many weaving directions.  As Eric and Bill clean up the mess of killing Nan in Bill’s office, Bill leaves a message for his progeny, Jessica, stating that she is in charge while he is away.  Eric and Bill, who are apparently now bosom buddies, are captured outside Bill’s mansion by the Authority.  These two wild and crazy guys are thrown into a trunk to be transported to what they believe is certain death.  After making a Towncar burst into flames with a hook umbrella (which was a little more MacGruber than MacGyver), the two are rescued by Nora, who Eric promptly makes out with.  He then reveals to Bill that Nora is his sister.

Now, this is Louisiana we’re talking about.  Incestuous relationships must flourish on the bayou like Spanish moss and Lyme disease.  However, Nora explains that she and Eric are siblings not by human birth but by vampiric – they share the same maker, Godric.  That makes it a little less weird, I guess, like they were both adopted and don’t share DNA.  Or maybe it’s like those confusing feelings you get when you think your new step-sister is hot.  Either way, she gives both Eric and Bill new identities, which came in real handy when they were immediately found and captured again by the Authority.

Meanwhile, back at the ranch, Jessica is living up her new freedom by having a college party.  Doe-eyed Jason shows up more in love with her than ever, especially after she rescued him from the “gay, American vampire” Reverand Steve Newlin.  Jessica would rather play quarters and rock band with 20-year-olds who are clearly getting 2.0’s in their General Education degrees.  Poor Jason.

Terry and his marine friend, Patrick, are getting weirder and weirder.  Arlene explains to Patrick that the family suffered a house fire recently.  Patrick reveals to Terry later that he also suffered a house fire, as well as several others in their old military unit.  In fact, two of them are dead.  Patrick came to visit Terry to see if he were the reason behind it, if he had caused it all.  Something is making them all connected.  It’s like another Final Destination.  Maybe they were all supposed to die in Iraq and now fate is coming after them.

Alcide breaks the news to Sookie that Russell Edgington is not only alive, but on the loose; and he begs her to move in with him.  What Alcide doesn’t know is that crazy Sookie killed his ex-girlfriend, Debbie.  So after she turns him down for what seems like the millionth time, he goes back to the werewolves who have Sam in their custody on a belief that he killed their pack leader.  When Alcide tries to tell them that he himself is responsible for the pack leader’s death, Sam still plays the hero and takes the fall for it.  And then I stopped caring, because these werewolves are boring and annoying and pointless.

Sookie has her hands full cleaning up her kitchen again.  Lafayette is staying with Sookie for the moment because he’s still reeling over the fact that he was possessed and killed his boyfriend, Jesus (who’s body is now missing).  Lafayette and Sookie beg Pam to turn Tara into a vampire so she doesn’t have to die; and the two are buried in Sookie’s back yard in hopes of a transformation.  The end of the episode cuts off as Tara springs from the grave and attacks Sookie.

We’ve been given quite a bit to munch on before next week.  What will Tara be like as a vampire?  To be quite honest, I could have lived with Tara being offed completely.  Her character was getting a little stale.  Maybe vampire Tara will be much more interesting, who knows.  What will happen with Eric and Bill?  We know the Authority don’t mess around, but how will they get out of this scrape?  What is the connection with Terry, Patrick, and the rest of their unit?  Is Reverend Newlin back, or was he just a red herring to throw us off?  How many more people will die in Sookie’s kitchen?  The answers to these questions we hope to gain by continuing to tune in to True Blood!

Ed. Note – I would also bang Eric’s sister. Just saying.

I give it 3/5 Grizzly’s, for sucking way less than last year.

Review: HBO’s ‘True Blood’ Season 4, Episode 12 – “And When I Die”

Well, folks, season 4 has finally drawn to a close.  I say “finally” because this season was terrible.  A complete and utter train wreck from start to finish.  But before I get ahead of myself, let’s take a look at tonight’s episode.

This episode had some of the best one liners of the entire season.  When Eric called Nan’s body guards “Gay Storm Troopers,” I peed my pants a little.  Even Jesus got some laughs with his Pokemon reference.  However, a few moments of funny dialogue does not a well-written episode make; and tears I shed during this episode were not born of laughter, but of misery and frustration.

Marnie’s story arc was like a diet drink, a vicious little pretender trying to hard to be good. Meanwhile, I’m left feeling unsatisfied and smacking my lips against a horrible aftertaste. Being True Blood, I was expecting there to be some sort of battle, or at least an epic finish to a story they spent so much time telling.  Instead, it turns into an episode of the Real World for dead people.

SPOILERS AHEAD>>> Antonia talks Marnie down from making Bill and Eric into vampire potato chips, so Marnie has a scream cry and moves on with the other dead people?  Talk about anti-climax.

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Review: HBO’s ‘True Blood’ Season 4, Episode 11 – “Soul of Fire”

I wasn’t even sure if this review was going to happen at all this week.  I spent the holiday with my parents, who still watch things on VHS, and do not subscribe to HBO.  I don’t know if the rest of you had problems with HBO Go not letting you log in to the site, but after 45 minutes of trying usernames and passwords not only for myself, but a good chunk of other writers for the site, I gave up.  I will have all of you know that the s’mores I made instead were delicious.

A day late, but I’m still here, providing you my sarcastic diatribe and serving up another helping of True Blood commentary.

Let the spoilers begin…..

I felt like this episode was mostly filler.  At the end of last week’s episode, I was pumped!  Vampires dressed all in black, carrying badass weapons, walking in slow-mo to a guitar riff – I was expecting action, explosions, and swear words.  And though all of these things found their way into this week’s episode, I still felt oddly unsatisfied.  More screen time was spent chanting in a wind machine and trying to fight an invisible force field – I felt like I was watching a high school media project.

The plot line was predictable.  Shit’s about to go down, and there’s F–KIN’ SOOKIE, right there in the middle of everything.  Again.  This girl is such a glutton for thrills.  She gets off on being in the wrong place at the wrong time.  And still, Bill and Eric are willing to die for her, over and over again.  With a damsel in this much distress, these two must start to feel less like knights in shining armor and more like fanged babysitters.

 It also turns out that Marnie is the crazy one, not Antonia.  After Marnie stabs a girl in the heart with a dagger, she casts a binding spell so Antonia can’t leave her, as she desperately wants to do.  The spell she casts is broken by Jesus, voiced by Dr. Claw from Inspector Gadget, cutting himself in the bathroom.

Then the vamps are free to break in and shoot her down; which is a real shame, because they had just gotten the hang of the Thriller dance outside.

 Predictably, Lafayette’s medium abilities come full circle, and he is possessed by Marnie.  Nothing like a crazy witch before bed, it really does the trick.  Like warm milk.  I get that this was an attempt at a twist ending, but did anyone else see this coming about ten minutes into the episode?  The writers have been trying to hint to this for ages and ages, without realizing that their hints are elephant-sized.

While this whole witch business has been a giant WTF, there are a few other notables going on in Bon Temps.

The fairies are back, and apparently so desperate to reproduce that they’ll do it with a sweaty, dirty Andy having drug withdrawals and talking to himself like Gollum.  I was really hoping they were gone for good, Shoot!

Alcide and Debbie are ancient history.  She was pretty close to running away with Marcus, which I totally get.  Why take decent, caring, muscular Alcide, when you can have gangly hate-sex with a man who apparently doesn’t own a shower?  Somehow, she finds the willpower to say no to his advances, and after Alcide kills Marcus, he gives Debbie the boot.  I was assuming their relationship would die of boredom sooner or later, anyway.

 Also, I’m anxiously awaiting the massive breakdown that Hoyt will have when he finds out that his best friend is kanoodling his ex.  It will be classic; funnier than the ‘Monster Box’.

And, as usual, I really don’t care what Sam’s doing at all.

 I give this episode 2/5 Bears because nothing happened.  Nothing.

 [Editor’s Note – While it may not have been as appealing to the female audience, I have to say my favorite stuff this week was actually the Sam/Alcide storyline. Sam proves himself a man, Alcide proved himself deadly, and Debbie, well, she at least looked good in her underwear. But seriously, this was the first real touch of masculinity the show has exhibited in a while. Kudos.]

Review: HBO’s ‘True Blood’ Season 4, Episode 6 – “I Wish I Was the Moon”

Another Sunday, another True Blood.  I was hoping to have a glowing review to write, and I know you were hoping to read one.  Let this be your warning: You may not find it here.

Oh, and also, there are spoilers ahead.

The episode opens in Sookie’s house.  As predicted, Bill storms over to lay the smack down on Eric, who is busy kanoodling Sookie in the living room.

Sookie stops Eric from killing Bill in a really anti-climactic fight, by explaining that Bill is his King.  So what does Bill do?  Captures Eric of course, turning a deaf ear to Sookie’s protests.  Eric may be a danger to everyone, according to His Highness, because he may be under the control of necromancers.  The great, green monster of jealousy has finally reared its ugly head.  Sookie was missing for over a year and comes back only to shack up with his arch enemy.  Ouch.  No wonder he kicked her off his property.  I don’t know which of them I feel sorrier for.

Eric is thrown in a cell with Pam, who’s looking more and more like Two Face.  She pleads with him to remember, to be the Eric she’s been with for over a hundred years.  Eric vehemently declares that he wants no part in the things that he’s done, he doesn’t want to remember them.  And good thing.  He used to be a giant toolbox.

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Avengers Assemble: The Series – Episodes 3, 4 and 5

It’s been a little while since I visited this web series, and my life has definitely been lacking some Avengers humor. So it’s only fair that to make up for that I will be bringing you three episodes this post! Three!

And no, I’m not doing that because Season 2 starts today and I want to catch up. Really. Mostly.

Anyways, Avengers Assemble: The Series is getting ready to hit us with some great new episodes, so I’m going to hit you with some great old episodes from Season 1. And if that wasn’t enough for you, this weekend I’m going to show you the first in a series of interviews with the Avengers Assemble cast & crew. Excelsior!

Episode 3 – ‘Oil Spill’

With Tony Stark out of the office for “personal” reasons, Captain America sits in as team leader. In this episode, the oil spill in the gulf hits close to home for one of our heroes, and the Avengers have to decide whether or not to take action.

So we were all a little enraged by the BP Oil Spill, but obviously Namor was a little more pissed off than we were. I love this episode because we get to see the characters evolve even more. Thor’s worries regarding how the other gods see him, Carol’s ‘role’ with the team flushed out a little more, and best of all , we start to see more of Cap’s racism. And Vince Pasani’s ‘Imperius Rex’ is dynamite.

“Who the F–K is BP?”

Episode 4 – ‘The Middle East’

The Avengers are faced with the decision on whether or not to take action in the Middle East, where tensions are running high. Reaching that decision, as we’ve learned by now, is never straight forward with our heroes.

I never fully understood the Middle East situation until it was explained using the Kree/Skrull War. Absolutely amazing. And making Jesus an Avenger to help bring peace to the middle east? Priceless. Unfortunately for Carol yet again, she is late bringing in Tony’s drycleaning, and tasked with finishing off Cap’s shirts. So despite bringing the mission to the Avengers, it looks like her mission will be to go easy on the starch.

Episode 5 – ‘Office Romance’

This week, Wonder Man gets some unsolicited advice about women from none other than Hawkeye. Now in HD!

This was probably my favorite episode yet. Just your typical day at the copier at Avengers Tower, mixed with some hilarity and bad advice. Well, good advice if your Hawkeye. Danny Kelley plays a pretty kick ass Wonder Man, and some of Hawkeye’s lines are absolutely hysterical.

Maybe I’m crazy, but I think stretch marks are kinda cute.

Don’t use that one on the ladies, though. It doesn’t work. At all. It’s also great that we are starting to see even more members of the Avengers, a trend which continues in coming episodes.

“Your a f–king Avenger man. Take charge of that shit, bitches love that.”

That’s all I have for you this time around. I’ll have a few more episodes to show you this weekend, and as I said we’ll interview some of the cast and crew. Who’s sitting down with Grizzly Bomb to talk about Avengers Assemble?

You’ll just have to wait and see, I guess.

Check out Avengers Assemble: The Series – Episodes 1 & 2.

Review: HBO’s ‘True Blood’ Season 4, Episode 5 – “I Hate You, I Love You” or “Me and the Devil”

This season of True Blood is definitely proving to be more and more entertaining.  I didn’t have high expectations, previously with the show having had those expectations hit me with disappointment like being run over by bulldozer.  But with the current plot lines, and especially this new uninhibited Eric, it’s becoming funnier than it ever has been.  Which I appreciate, because vampires have a tendency to be major downers.

This episode, ironically, starts out with Mr. and Mrs. Boring and their son Weirdo.  However, it’s nice to see Tommy actually fight back for once and he ends up killing Joe Lee and his mother in a vicious rage.  Then he brings them to Sam’s house for show and tell; so they do the only logical thing – wrap the bodies in tarp and throw them in the swamp.  The Dateline special is pending.

Terry and Arlene meanwhile try to figure out the best way to make their baby stop being the creepiest child in the universe.  Terry suggests finding a reverend to cleanse the home of evil.  They end up calling Tara’s mom and her minister lover-turned-husband who come over for a sing along with a tambourine and light giant joints to stink up their house.

Eric has a dream about a sleeping Sookie when who shows up – Godric, his maker who ended up killing himself last season.  Dream Godric tries to convince Eric that he needs to stop fighting his nature and drink Sookie’s blood so he can day-walk.  He goes in her room for real and when she wakes up, he says he had a bad dream.  After he cries for a while, Sookie agrees to let him stay in her room to sleep.


Oh and P.S., why hasn’t anyone besides Andy not noticed that Jason has been missing for days on end?  Hoyt thanks Jessica for saving his “best friend” but he didn’t even know his “best friend” has been MIA for, what, a week?  Predictably, as soon as Jason drank Jessica’s blood, we knew the sex dreams were only moments away.  These dreams, however, include Hoyt.

Bill has his hands full with his great great great great great great granddaughter, Portia; who still wants to get in his pants even though she admits that it’s incest.  Sick.  I’m glad he glamored her into being afraid of him, she’s full on psycho.

Jesus and Lafayette are going to Mexico to visit Jesus’ grandfather, who he hates because he made him kill a goat when he was 9.  Jesus hopes that his grandfather will help them un-piss off the vamps and reverse Eric’s memory curse and Pam’s rotten face.

Sookie goes to see Marnie under the ruse of wanting a psychic reading.  Marnie is able to channel Gran; and when Sookie reads Marnie’s thoughts, her Gran’s voice tells her to run away from Marnie because she’s bad news. Marnie gets captured later by Bill’s goons and has another vision of the Spanish witch, Antonia, who was apparently murdered by vampires.  That still doesn’t explain why she hates vampires, though, hmm….

Eric discovered everything he did before he lost his memory and feels so remorseful that he plans to leave Sookie’s house, until she calls him back to make out with him.  He should have left, though, because Pam let it slip that Eric was staying there and Bill has his angry pants on.  Look out, Northman, you’re about to get a vampire-king bitch slap.

Oh, and Alcide is being visited by his local pack master about not registering with the pack.  Blah, blah.  Alcide was wearing a wife beater, so I was distracted.

So this Antonia person that is possessing Marnie, we have found out, is responsible for a multitude of vampire deaths.  Apparently she used Necromancy (control of the dead) to cause a bunch of vamps to wake up and walk through the daylight, causing them to be burned up.  Has she not found a suitable conduit before now?  No one willing to let her possess them?  It doesn’t make sense for her to make herself known after hundreds of years.

While I’m quite sick of half of Bon Temps (Sam, Tommy, Jason, Hoyt, Jessica, Tara, etc.), I will say that most of the story arcs are intriguing.  And call me a silly girl, but it’s about time we got back to some development with Sookie’s love life.  First it was Bill, then Alcide, then Eric, and lately it’s been no one.  It’s about time they explored the Sookie/Eric combination.  Next week we should see quite the blow out between Eric and Bill.

Oh, and I hope Eric never gets his memory back!

A solid 3.5/5 Bears.